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City should be taking points from their next four matches
10:00am Wednesday 16th January 2013 in Sport
YOU often hear the phrase that there are no easy games in football.
It’s either that or the tired “anyone can beat anyone on their day in this league”.
Both are horrible cliches that managers trot out almost by way of getting their excuses in early.
Of course, there is a semblance of truth in them but by this stage of a season the league table doesn’t lie. There’s another one.
Teams are at the top because they tend to win, or at the least draw, a lot and, likewise, are at the bottom because they’re not actually very good at winning.
You get the odd result that defies that logic — as Worcester City found out to their cost twice in a week against Gloucester City — but by and large it rings true.
So there might not be any easy games in Blue Square Bet North but some are certainly easier than others.
It’s just nobody says it in public.
Putting Gloucester to one side, it is fair to say that City have had their fair share of tough fixtures in recent weeks. Playing Guiseley, Chester, Halifax and Bradford Park Avenue back-to-back was not a kind sequence and results reflected that.
But the 3-0 victory at Colwyn Bay followed the form book as, arguably, did last Saturday’s goalless draw against Altrincham at St George’s Lane — two evenly-matched sides level on points in the table.
Which brings us to City’s next four matches, all against teams currently 16th or lower and two in the relegation zone — Bishop’s Stortford, Histon, Droylsden and Vauxhall Motors.
None by any means are walkovers, and Worcester will be wary following their double defeat to Gloucester, but they are games City should be gleaning points from.
Carl Heeley’s side are only outside the play-off zone on goal difference and a large return from that quartet would further cement them in the running for the top five.
Striker Danny Glover seems to think so and he has targeted three points from this Saturday’s trip to Hertfordshire to go with the four taken from the last two matches.
He said: “If we can win at Bishop’s Stortford that would be seven points from nine and that would be a good effort.
“We have just got to keep going. We’ve got to plug away, nick points and keep staying in the pack.”
City have played more matches than the majority of their rivals — Halifax have six in hand on them — but Glover feels they are in a good position.
He added: “I’d rather have played the games than have to play them with the way the pitches are going and the weather. Players are going to get tired.”
“I would rather that than have six games in hand because you never know.
“At least we’re in and around there, we’ve just got to start finishing a few chances and nicking a few wins now and we should be there or thereabouts.”